Everything You’ll Need To Know About Ligue 1
Crazy about French football, huh? If the answer is a firm yes, you should never skip our article about the most popular league in this country- Ligue 1. The league top-flight attracts an increasingly significant number of viewers and followers who are from not only Europe but also the entire world.
Before we jump right into the details, let's figure out what Ligue 1 is exactly.
What is Ligue 1?
Ligue 1 is a French professional league for men's association football clubs, officially known as Ligue 1 UberEats due to sponsorship rationale. It is France's top football competition. 20 clubs play for the league, which functions on a promotion and relegation system from and to Ligue 2. It is controlled by the Ligue de Football Professionnel.
Ligue 1's History
The competition was established in 1932 and was originally known as "National" before changing its name to "Division 1" a year later. Things stayed the same until 2002 when the contest changed its name to its current one. The first-ever championship belongs to Olympique Lillois.
Ligue 1's Game
From August to May, the seasons are in action. During the season, clubs play 2 games against each of the other teams in the league – once at home and once afield – for a total of 38 games. The majority of games take place on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games taking place on weekday evenings.
The game is usually suspended for a fortnight from the weekend before Christmas and resumed in the second week of January.
Ligue 1 follows the same relegation-promotion system as the rest of Europe's top domestic leagues, with the top 3 teams from Ligue 2 advancing each season to take the place of the bottom 3 clubs from the top division.
Each season, the league provides Champions League tickets to the top three teams in the standings. The fourth and fifth-placed teams advance to the Europa League.
Moreover, if the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue are won by clubs that have already been eligible for European positions through the league, the sixth and seventh teams will proceed to the UEFA Europa League (UEL).
The Clubs in Ligue 1
With 10 league titles, AS Saint-Étienne is the highest-performing club in France, while Olympique Lyonnais has won the most successive titles (7) from 2002 to 2008.
Having appeared in 71 seasons of Ligue 1, Olympique de Marseille has proceeded to the most seasons in the top flight, whereas Paris Saint-Germain has the most consecutive seasons (47) from 1974 until now.
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is the current champion, having won their ninth title in the 2019–20 season. AS Monaco, a foreign-based club has won the league numerous times, making it a cross-border tournament.
Ever since 2017 when Les Parisiens acquired the Brazilian Neymar for $250 million, it has presented itself on the list of France's greatest teams along with Marseille, PSG, Olympique Lyonnais, and Lille.
Notable Players in Ligue 1
Ligue 1 has produced numerous well-known players, for example, Raymond Kopa, Michel Platini, George Weah, Ronaldinho, Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba, Juninho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, and especially Kylian Mbappe-the so-called generational talent.
Overall, nearly all the best worth-waiting matches in France are from Ligue 1. We hope that after reading this article, you can gain a better understanding of the country’s most prestigious football competition.
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